MANAGEMENT: MY BOSS, BIG BROTHER

A NEW ILLINOIS LAW PERMITS EMPLOYERS TO LISTEN IN ON WORKERS' PHONES. SO WATCH WHAT YOU SAY

YOU PLAYED THE GROWNUP WHEN your boss dropped by your desk and, without so much as a "Good morning," disemboweled your latest departmental memo. You nodded, scribbled notes, praised his constructive criticism. Now, too peeved to concentrate, you phone a colleague and let your inner child rage. Grrrr. Insensitive troglodyte. Unappreciative bonehead. Grrrr. There, you feel better. Back to work.

Just as you're beginning to see that your boss's critique was not so off base, he suddenly reappears, demanding to know what you meant by "troglodyte"--a word he intercepted while monitoring your phone line. Now you've got a real problem.

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